Post # 1
Hi Wedding Bees!
I have a venue question. Let me begin by saying I’m not a very bride-y bride. What I mean by that is I don’t really feel comfortable with all the trappings of a big, fancy coordinated affair. I don’t see myself having wedding favors or matching bridesmaid dresses. We only want to invite about 50 people, and have it feel more like a little whimisical gathering than a big to-do. I’ve been to some immensely beautiful, memorable big fancy weddings in my day–it’s just not who I am.
Anyway….I’ve just begun researching my options for a little charming garden/ustic outdoor wedding in New York State. (We live in Brooklyn and would like to keep it within a few hours of here.)
I’m feeling a bit disheartened because it seems like everything I find is part of a huge, sweeping estate that makes you use their catering and photographers, valets, giant ballrooms….not my bag. This is the feel I want:
Antonio + Silvia
It’s kind of a DYI feel…smaller, uncomplicated. Do any venues like this exist? A little garden somewhere, maybe with a barn for backup in case it rains, and a little Inn nearby, but they let you do your own food, photographer, etc, and the grounds are intimate and not so enormous?
Am I being totally naive?
Post # 3
I’m the same way as you, I’m not really a very bride-y bride so I know where you’re coming from. And I love the pics that you posted of what you want. We wanted something similar but the places we checked were too small because we both have big families. I think you have a guest list small to find what you are looking for…. depending on budget of course.
If you want it a little more diy, you could check out the old stone house in park slope. There isn’t a garden but they will set up a tent for you outside and it is certainly a small, pretty little place. The website doesn’t really do it justice. Also, the queens farm museum allows outdoor space rentals… the only thing I didn’t like about it was that it was an actual working farm and I was worried a tractor would go by during my ceremony lol.
If you’re open to having it at restaurant with a garden, there’s Frankies 457 in Brooklyn or IcI restaurant in Brooklyn by fort green park. Even New Leaf cafe in Fort Tryon park might work for you… they were too small for our guest list but all very pretty.
I hope that helps, let us know if you find a place and what you choose!
Post # 4
My daughter got married in Miami in Feb. She felt the same. No big wedding or hotel ballroom for her. She and her husband had a church ceremony and wanted an outdoor reception but needed a back up plan for rain. They chose the Miami Beach Botanical Garden and it was perfect for their 55 person reception.
I met a woman last year whose son was getting married in NYC and I believe their wedding was being held at a botanical garden in NYC. That might be an option for you.
Post # 5
You didn’t mention budget but I think the Brooklyn Society for Ethical Culture sounds like it would fit your needs perfectly. I’ve been there twice for a site check and love it. The garden is a great size and there is an indoor space to use as well. Rent price includes some tables & chairs. Please check it out.
I also visited Ici and the Akwabba Inn and loved both those spaces as well. The Ici’s owner is very responsive and will give work with you on variety of menu options. Akwabba allows you to bring in your own catering.
Frankies 457 I haven’t visited in person but love their private room from the photos on the website. I visited the Stone House but wasn’t too crazy about it.
Keep us posted.
Post # 6
A freind of mine got married here and they had about 50-60…Good luck
Blue Hill at Stone Barns in the country it not that far from the city…
Post # 7
Try the Round Hill House in Washingtonville NY – I went there for a wedding in Sept and it was so intimate and beautiful!
Post # 8
The Queens County Farm Museum has several outdoor spaces that can be rented. The Pavillion space might be a good bet for a group your size.
Post # 9
Are you willing to travel upstate? Our venue is a private property with a 6-bedroom house and a barn. It’s pretty isolated, in the Catskills. The grounds are beautiful if you like green fields, mountain views, and a pond. You have to put the event together yourself, though, so it’s more work than a traditional wedding hall.
Post # 10
@JenniePenny: If you dont mind, please share what you ended up deciding on! I am looking for something similiar and initially wanted to do Blue Hill at Stone Barns but it was just too pricey. I have more people than you do so I have to take that into consideration.
Post # 11
An acquaintance had a wedding of about 50 in Ft Tyron Park (near the Cloisters), followed by a reception in a nearby restaurant, it sounded lovely.